MJ
Kinman

Quilting Classes & Events

New for 2022!

I’m delighted to announce a new line-up of classes and lectures for 2022. In-person and online classes are available to guilds. Individual quiltmakers can register for my new online course “Spring Bling” through Creative Spark (C&T Publishing’s new online teaching platform).

Take a peek at the 3-minute video all about my classes & events available in 2022, then check out the listing below.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


Trunk Shows/Lectures

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Gems & Joy

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

My “Gems & Joy” slide lecture and trunk show chronicle my 25-year adventure in learning how to create the biggest diamonds in the world using fabric.

During my presentation, I’ll talk about the techniques to create and assemble the hundreds of pieces in each diamond, materials I use to create the wash of color and light across a gem’s surface, and the quilting techniques that enhance a gem’s facets. And, as so often happens with any artist’s decades-long journey, I’ll share what I’ve learned about the importance of choosing joy and saying “no” to fear as I made the leap from the Corporate Life to the Creative Life.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $450 ($400 when a class is also scheduled)



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The Smithsonian Series

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations after July 2022.

My “Smithsonian Series” slide lecture and trunk show introduce you to the artwork inspired by the most beautiful gems in the world. Learn about the gems and their amazing stories, including the amazing people who were caught up in their orbits.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $450 ($400 when a class is also scheduled)


Playing With Pixels

Playing With Pixels

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

When I’m searching for inspiration for a new piece or perhaps the seed of a new series, I love to play with images of gemstones in photo-editing apps like Photoscape.

These apps allow you to manipulate images in a myriad of ways, transforming them into intriguing sources of inspiration for new work.

Length of Presentation: 60 minutes

Skill Level: All

Lecture Fee: $250 ($200 when a class is also scheduled)


Classes

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Color Play: Beyond Color Theory (Half-Day)

This class is best taught in person rather than on Zoom.

Over the course of the last 25 years, I’ve learned a few things about how to make quilts sparkle and glow. Join me and learn how to use value and saturation contrast bring sparkle and drama to your work, regardless of your inspiration.

This is a class filled with time to experiment and build on lessons learned. By the end of class, students will have enough blocks to create a quilt top in the style of the iconic art instructor Josef Albers series Homage to the Square.

Length of Workshop: 3 hours

Skill Level: All

Workshop Fee: $450

Maximum Students: 25


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Bite-Size Gems (Full-Day)

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

In this fast-paced workshop, participants will create their own singularly beautiful work of faceted light using the same single-foundation piecing techniques I use to create my own “diamond quilts”.  

Participants will choose from one of several pre-selected abstract gem designs based on their skill level. They will then learn how to chart the design onto freezer paper; code each piece for color, location, and adjacency; position template pieces onto fabric to achieve the desired light effects; and ultimately create their own unique study in faceted color. Participants will leave the class with a small top that can later be hand- or machine-quilted at home.

Length of Workshop: 5-6 hours

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Workshop Fee: $750

Maximum Students: 25


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Dames & Diamonds (Full-Day)

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

I’m delighted to introduce students to the technique I use to create all my gem patterns: traditional piecing using freezer paper as a template. I’ve designed three patterns inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful gems, all of which are made available to class participants. Patterns are available as PDF downloads.

Participants will choose one of the fully-charted gem patterns to make during class. During class, we’ll not only create a quilt block of the patterns, but I’ll share all kinds of gossip about the gems and their outrageous, eccentric, and intriguing owners.  

Length of Workshop: 5-6 hours

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Workshop Fee: $750

Maximum Students: 25


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Spring Bling (Two-Day)

In-person & Zoom presentations available for guilds and other organizations.

This class is also available to individual students who wish to take this class online and at their own pace. Individual students can CLICK HERE to register for this on-demand class via Creative Spark.

I’m delighted to introduce students to the technique I use to create all my gem patterns: traditional piecing using freezer paper as a template. I’ve designed three patterns inspired by some of the world’s most beautiful gems, all of which are made available to class participants. Patterns are available as PDF downloads.

Participants will choose one of the fully-charted gem patterns to make during class. During class, we’ll not only create a quilt block of the patterns, but I’ll share all kinds of gossip about the gems and their outrageous, eccentric, and intriguing owners.  

Length of Workshop:

For Guilds (in-person or online) — 2-days (10 – 12 hours of instruction) For Individuals (online on-demand) — Self-guided

Workshop Fee:

For Guilds: $950
For Individuals (through Creative Spark): $59.99

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Maximum Students for Guilds: 25




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